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Jun 14, 2010

Hi Dr. tel you about my status is as CD4 730 , PVL 85 all other reports required for tests are normal . I got my CD4 and PVL two months ago from now. Could you tell me how fast am i with my progress and when is the correct time for me to begin med do i have some years to begin med. Also one very common question can one live a normal daily life with a normal life span have meds really been gettin better. I am from India do u think there are equally good med's in my country. Does life end here. I really praise this site and its Dr's for their support and time.

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Response from Dr. McGowan

Having HIV infection with a high CD4 count and a low viral load is a very good prognosis. It is important to monitor the numbers and keep on top of things. At this point there is no urgency to start medications as the benefits are not clear. Availability of medication in India should improve over time and when you are in need of treatment (when CD4 is around 350-500) there should be good options available. In the meantime, keep yourself well nourished and use condoms when you have sex, even though your viral load is low, you may be able to transmit HIV to others (and pick up more aggressive strains of HIV or other STDs).

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